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August 23 is the 235th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (236th in leap years), with 130 days remaining.
1900-1999 1904 - The automobile tire chain is patented. 1914 - Japan declares war on Germany and bombs Qingdao, China. 1924 - The distance between Earth and Mars is the smallest since the 10th century. 1927 - Italian anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti are executed in Boston, Massachusetts. 1939 - Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. In a secret addition to the pact, Baltic states, Finland and Poland are divided between the two nations 1940 - The Germans start bombing London 1942 - Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad 1943 - Kharkov liberated 1944 - Marseilles liberated 1944 - King Michael of Romania dismisses the pro- Nazi government of General Antonescu. Romania switches sides from the Axis to the Allies 1944 - United States Air Force B-24 Liberator bomber crashed into a school in Freckleton, England killing 61 people 1947 - The Maynard Midgets beat Lock Haven 16-7 to win the first-ever Little League World Series championship. 1948 - World Council of Churches is formed 1952 - The Arab League goes into effect 1958 - Chinese Civil War: The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins with the People's Liberation Army's bombardment of Quemoy. 1960 - In Equatorial Guinea, the world's largest frog (3.3 kg) is caught 1962 - First live television connection between the United States and Europe, via the Telstar satellite 1966 - Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon 1973 - The Intelsat communication satellite is launched 1975 - Successful Communist coup in Laos 1976 - A major earthquake in China kills thousands of people 1979 - Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the United States 1985 - Hans Tiedge, top counter-spy of West Germany, defects to East Germany 1987 - Heavy rains and floods in Bangladesh kill hundreds of victims 1989 - Singing Revolution: two million people from Estonia, Lithuania stood on the Vilnius-Tallinn road, holding hands (Baltic Way) 1990 - Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western "guests" (actually hostages to try to prevent the Gulf War) 1990 - Armenia declares its independence from the Soviet Union 1990 - West Germany and East Germany announce that they will unite on October 3. 1992 - Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida.
600-1899 686 - Charles Martel, victorious general in the Battle of Tours, grandfather of Charlemagne (d. 741) 1754 - King Louis XVI of France (d. 1792) 1769 - Georges Cuvier, biologist, statesman 1783 - William Tierney Clark, civil engineer (d. 1852) 1785 - Oliver Hazard Perry, US naval officer ( Battle of Lake Erie) 1829 - Moritz Cantor, mathematician 1847 - Sarah Frances Whiting, physicist and astronomer (d. 1927) 1849 - William Ernest Henley, British poet, critic and editor (d. 1903) 1852 - Arnold Toynbee, economist, social reformer 1864 - Eleftherios Venizalos, prime minister of Greece ( 1910_ 1915, 1928- 1932) 1869 - Edgar Lee Masters, author (d. 1950) 1875 - William Eccles, radio pioneer 1883 - US General Jonathan Wainwright, Medal of Honor recipient 1884 - Will Cuppy, humorist (d. 1949)
1900-1999 1900 - Ernst Krenek, composer (d. 1991) 1901 - John Sherman Cooper, Senator from Kentucky (d. 1991) 1903 - William Primrose, Scottish violist (d. 1982) 1905 - Constant Lambert, composer (d. 1951) 1912 - Gene Kelly, dancer, actor (d. 1996) 1914 - Harold Truscott, composer (d. 1992) 1917 - Tex Williams, singer 1921 - Eadie Del Rubio (d. 1996), Elena Del Rubio (d. 2001), and Milly Del Rubio, the Del Rubio Triplets, singers, musicians, actresses 1922 - George Kell, Baseball Hall of Famer 1923 - Edgar F. Codd, founder of theory of relational databases 1924 - Ephraim Kishon, Israeli writer 1927 - Houari Boumendienne, president of Algeria ( 1965- 1978) 1927 - Dick Bruna, illustrator 1929 - Vera Miles, actress 1929 - Peter Thompson, golfer 1930 - Michel Rocard, Prime Minister of France 1932 - Mark Russell, comedian, musician, political commentator 1933 - Pete Wilson, governor of California 1934 - Barbara Eden, actress 1934 - Sonny Jurgensen, professional football player 1936 - Henry Lee Lucas, serial killer(† 2001) 1943 - Nelson DeMille, novelist 1947 - Keith Moon, singer, drummer ( The Who) (d. 1978) 1949 - Shelley Long, actress 1949 - Rick Springfield, singer, actor 1951 - Queen Noor of Jordan 1951 - Akhmad Kadyrov, President of Chechnya (d. 2004) 1952 - Vicky Leandros, singer, Eurovision Song Contest winner 1963 - Kenny Wallace, NASCAR race car driver 1970 - Jay Mohr, actor, comedian 1970 - River Phoenix, actor (d. 1993) 1972 - Dave Chappelle, actor, comedian 1974 - Ray Park, British actor 1975 - Eliza Carthy, singer, fiddle player 1978 - Kobe Bryant, NBA basketball player 1978 - Julian Casablancas, musician 1981 - Eric Radloff, singer, songwriter 1986 - Neil Cicierega, musician, inventor of Animutation
Holidays and observances
August 22 - August 24 - July 23 - September 23 -- listing of all days
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